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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Causes of Irregular Periods

Periods can be really hard to deal with. What with the cramps, the PMS and everything else besides! But when they become irregular, they can get even harder to deal with. In order to be able to understand and treat irregular periods, one must understand the underlying body chemistry that can cause them.
Early on in your reproductive years, irregular periods are nothing to worry about. The body sometimes takes a few years for the hormones to control the changes in your body and to reach a balance in your regular menstrual cycle
Closer to menopause too, you may experience irregular periods. This too is completely normal. During this time the menstrual cycle changes, eventually ending in the ceasing of periods altogether.
Pregnancy is another cause for irregular periods. If you miss a few, you may want to take that home pregnancy test.
Emotional stress too can cause the hormones in your body to alter, causing your periods to become irregular. To avoid severe emotional stress, try practicing meditation or yoga, or consult a mental heath professional.
Certain uterine abnormalities such as cervical polyps, uterine fibroids and endometriosis (endometriosis symptoms) also lead to irregular periods.
Sometimes sudden and significant weight gain or loss can cause your periods to become irregular or skipped.
Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia can also be a cause of irregular periods.
Consuming excessive alcohol can also disturb your hormonal metabolism, resulting in irregular periods.

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